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EAST MEDITERRANEAN WINES, FOOD & FROLICS

    Slow cooked beef cheek roasted veg freeke horseradish lebneh

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    EAST MEDITERRANEAN  WINES, FOOD & FROLICS  

    Sunday 18th September 2016

    Educate your palate with a unique wine and food pairing experience co-curated by Arabica Bar & Kitchen owner James Walters and Master of Wine Sarah Abbot. 

    The Eastern Mediterranean with its ancient peoples and proud traditions is a crucible for a historic culinary culture that is catching the imagination of foodies and wine lovers everywhere, not least because the vast majority of the colourful and exotic ingredients tick all our healthy-living boxes. The wines from this fascinating region are beginning to make as much waves as the food; Greece, Cyprus,, Turkey, Lebanon and Israel are all garnering international plaudits for their wines, made in many cases with exciting grape varieties that have been around for thousands of years but which are now being enjoyed by a new tranche of consumers. 


    Doors & Bar open: 12pm / Event starts: 1pm / Event finishes: 4pm   


    Meze sampler.. 

    Hummus with fiery Zhug

    Cacik

    Turkish-stye Muhummara

    Cretan Dakos Salad

    Istanbul-style Mussels

    Baby Octopus Salad

    Summer Freeke Salad

    Lahmacun

    Beef Shish

    Batata Hara


    ABOUT SARAH ABBOTT 

    Sarah Abbott has worked in the wine trade for nearly 20 years. Sarah advises companies and private individuals on all aspects of wine sourcing, collecting and investment. She has strong links, and experience, in the classic regions of France and Italy. Sarah became a Master of Wine in 2008 - her MW dissertation was on the wines of Barolo. She worked for a specialist importer of exclusively Italian wines, and created UK marketing and event programs for leading producers from Toscana, Piemonte, Lombardy, Marche, Campania, and Sicilia.

    Sarah judges in wine competitions globally, from London to Melbourne and is a finalist in the ‘Roederers’, the global competition for wine writing and communication. Sarah has keen interest in Turkish wines and met James on wine trip in Istanbul in the summer of 2015. 


    AN AFTERNOON OF LEBANESE FOOD & WINE SUNDAY 8TH MAY 2016

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      Selection of Lebanese wines from the Spring 2015 Event

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      Brasied Veal cheek, smoked green wheat freeke, horseradish lebneh

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      Chef/ Proprietor James Walters & Lebanese wine expert Micheal Karam talk food and wine.

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      Spring Fatoush

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      Micheal talk terroir with guests

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      2015 Spring wine event menu

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      A sweet wine from Kefraya to finish off with....

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    Currently creating a stir on the international market, Lebanese wine is the product of a rich heritage dating back 5,000 years. Despite Ottoman domination, regional turmoil, civil conflict and religious intolerance, Lebanon has consistently produced world-class wines. Our boozy Sunday lunch will give you an opportunity to have a Lebanese feast and sample wines from six Lebanese wineries. 


    Doors & Bar open: 12pm / Event starts: 1pm / Kick out: 4pm 

    Whats included in the event ticket price:  

     An introduction to the Wines of Lebanon by Michael Karam

     Six spring wines from six wineries

    Château Kefraya (Caves, Taillevent, Paris; L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon)
    Château Ksara (Marks & Spencer, UK; La Trompette, London; Gymkhana, London; Clos Maggiore, London)
    Château St Thomas
    Domaine de Baal (Guy Savoy, Paris. Three Michelin stars; Cheval Blanc, Courchevelle. Two Michelin stars
    Domaine des Tourelles (Marks & Spencer, UK; Hakassan, Arabica Bar & Kitchen, London; Trois Gros, Tokyo)
    Domaine Wardy (Nicolas, France)
    Ixsir (Otto e mezzo Bombana, Tokyo ; Nobu at the Berkley, London; Wholefoods US, Arabica Bar & Kitchen, Jumeirah Chain, Dubai; Savoy Hotel, Zurich; Rochambeau, New York)


    Seasonal tasting menu

    To give you a little taster of what to expect here is last years tasting menu  

    Hummus Chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon olive oi
    Whipped feta  Charred Turkish chilles, toasted pumpkin seeds, min
    Spring Fattoush Spring leaves, radish, croutons, parsley, mint, za’atar, pomegranate
    Yellow Fin Tuna Crispy shallots, olive oil, citrus, Urfa chilli, rose water
    Za'atar Man’ousheh Thyme, sumac, toasted sesame
    Cheese Sambousek Baby gem, fresh herb
    Slow cooked Veal Cheeks Green wheat freeke, spring vegetables, horseradish lebneh
    Roasted Spring Vegetables Green wheat freeke, mint, wild garlic, lebneh
    Chocolate tart Candied clemantine, sweet orange blossom lebneh

     

    A little bit about Michael Karam

    Michael Karam is a journalist and wine writer. He has appeared in DecanterHarpers, Monocle, The Spectator, The Times and Esquire. He is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Wine (Oxford University Press), The World Atlas of Wine (7th ed.) and the award-winning Wine Report (Dorling Kindersley). He is the author of Wines of Lebanon (Saqi), which won the Gourmand Award for the Best New World Wine Book, 2005; Arak and Mezze: The Taste of Lebanon (Saqi), which was shortlisted for the Gourmand award for Best Food and Travel Book 2007, and Château Ksara: 150 years of wine making 1957-2007 (Vinehouse). In 2010, he published Michael Karam’s Lebanese Wines (Turning Point), which is now in its second edition. He has been named a trustee of the Lebanese Wine Museum, due to open in 2015 and is currently working with Dr. Patrick McGovern from University of Pennsylvania on a book on the origins of ancient wine in the Levant. He divides his time between Lebanon and the UK, where he lives with his wife and two children.

    An Afternoon of Lebanese Food & Wine Sunday 3rd May

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      Vineyards, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

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      Michael Karam


    Currently creating a stir on the international market, Lebanese wine is the product of a rich heritage dating back 5,000 years. Despite Ottoman domination, regional turmoil, civil conflict and religious intolerance, Lebanon has consistently produced world-class wines. Our boozy Sunday lunch will give you an opportunity to have a Lebanese feast and sample wines from seven Lebanese wineries. 


    Michael Karam
     is a journalist and wine writer. He has appeared in DecanterHarpers, Monocle, The Spectator, The Times and Esquire. He is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Wine , The World Atlas of Wine (7th ed.) and the award-winning Wine Report (Dorling Kindersley). He is the author of Wines of Lebanon, which won the Gourmand Award for the Best New World Wine Book, 2005; Arak and Mezze: The Taste of Lebanon, which was shortlisted for the Gourmand award for Best Food and Travel Book 2007, and Château Ksara: 150 years of wine making 1957-2007. In 2010, he published Michael Karam’s Lebanese Wines, which is now in its second edition.

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    TICKETS : £45
    Includes: 

    Welcome nibbles
     
    Introduction to Lebanese Wines by Michael Karam
     
    Selection of hot / cold mezze served with four wines from
    Château Ka, Château Kefraya, Château Ksara , Domaine des Tourelles
     
    A Levantine inspired Roast with all the trimmings accompanied by a trio of red wines from Château St Thomas, Domaine Wardy, Ixsir
     
    Chocolate tart, sweet orange blossom lebneh with Nectar de Kefraya
     
    Doors open: 12pm and the Lunch/ tasting begins at 1pm